Der heutige Text ist aus dem wunderbaren Buch „Who do we chose to be – Facing Reality | Claiming Leadership | Restoring Sanity“ von Margaret J. Wheatley. Eventuell habe ich an der ein oder anderen Stelle davon bereits geschwärmt. 

Das Buch begleitet mich nun schon fast 2 Jahre und ich stöbere und lese immer wider darin. Ich bin immer wieder positiv geschockt, dass die Muster, die wir kollektiv beobachten können keine neuen Muster sind, sondern quasi verlässliche Voraussagen für die Zyklen, die wir als Menschen in einem bestimmten Bewusstseinszustand durchlaufen.

Margareth Wheatley greift hier auf Literatur des Anthropologen Sir John Glubb zurück (The fate of Empires). 

Generell beschreibt sie in ihrem Buch, wie sich „geschlossene Systeme“ verhalten. Also Systeme, die sich nicht als verbunden mit ihrer Umwelt begreifen, sondern (aus dem Bewusstsein der Trennung heraus) versuchen, die Umwelt zu kontrollieren und sich als abgekapselt funktionierend davon begreifen.

Long Story Short: They all collapse! Nur Systeme, die mit ihrer Umwelt mitwachsen können und sich als Teil eines organischen Großen Ganzen (meine eigene Interpretation ihrer Worte) begreifen, verstehen und verhalten, können langfristig bestehen und florieren.


The Decline of Civilizations  in 10 Generations

„There are many great texts on the pattern of collapse. l chose to feature the work of Sir John Glubb because, in reading his work, I was continually stunned with his descriptions of the specific human behaviors our species always exhibits through the rise and fall of civilizations. I still am likely to gasp as I read his descriptions and share them with others.

Glubb studied thirteen empires in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe (where he had served as a military commander), from Assyria in 859 BCE to modern Britain in 1950. The pattern of the decline and fall of these superpowers was startlingly clear. It didn’t matter where they were or what technology they had or how they exercised power.

They all declined in the same stages and it always took ten generations, about 250 years. The logic of this is very clear: Each generation matures in better socioeconomic circumstances created by the preceding generation; thus, there is always a march to increasing materialism. In every generation, youth will have higher expectations for comfort than their parents.

Improved material conditions create attitudinal changes that insist on still more material changes; and, predictably, because of its wealth and erosion of morality, the civilization declines into decadence.


𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗚𝗹𝘂𝗯𝗯𝘀 𝘀𝗶𝘅 𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗘𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗲𝘀

As you read these brief descriptions, keep in mind that they describe all human civilizations, even though they read like

an accurate tale of our time. This was published in 1976.


𝟭𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗣𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀

Fearless, courageous, and without constraint, invaders surprise the dominant civilization with their

attacks. Strong virtues of shared purpose, honor, and a strict

moral code bind them.


𝟮𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁

Using more sophisticated and disciplined military actions (learned from the civilization they are conquering), they take control. Often there is a strong religious imperative to their conquest-they are doing their God’s work.


𝟯𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗲

With a strong military to protect the frontiers, explorers embark on a search for wealth creation, seeking new enterprises as far as they can reach. Values of glory and honor give way to values of profit and personal wealth. The rich build palaces, railroads, hotels, communications networks, depending on the cultural context.


𝟰𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝗳𝗳𝗹𝘂𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲

Service ethics disappear and selfishness takes over. Education shifts from learning to obtaining qualifications for high-paying jobs. The young and ambitious seek wealth, not honor or service.


𝟱𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁

The arts and knowledge flourish in the midst of decline. Intellectuals are prevalent and engage in incessant talking as a substitute for action. The belief takes hold that problems can be solved by mental cleverness rather than selfless service and courage. Natural sciences advance but do not prevent decline. Civil conflict increases even as the empire is under dire threat. Instead of banding together to preserve the nation, internal political factions seek to destroy one another.


𝟲𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲

Wealth and power have led to petty and negative behaviors, including narcissism, consumerism, materialism, nihilism, fanaticism, and high levels of frivolity. A celebrity culture worships athletes, actors, and singers. The masses are distracted by entertainment and sporting events, abandon moral restraint, shirk duties, and insist on entitlements. The leaders believe they are impervious and will govern forever. This age also develops the welfare state as imperial leaders generously build universities and hospitals, give grants to university students, support the young and the poor, and extend citizenship to everyone. When they run out of money, all this benevolence disappears and these institutions shut their doors.



After the empire has fallen, when money no longer rules everything, religion regains its sway and a new era begins. But only after the fall.t es Merkmale, die immer wieder auftauchen und uns Hinweise geben können.

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